(photo credit: Lisa Cuscuna)A Delightful Detour
by Shannon Christy
Patricia Racette: Diva on Detour is a fun album of the standards done by one of the best American opera stars. Set in a cabaret environment, this record is like spending an afternoon with a talented singer who has taken a detour from Opera to pursue another one of her passions, vocal jazz.
Musically it is not a challenge. Ms. Racette is accompanied by Craig Terry who fights her for control of the tempo and Patricia wins this fight but the result at times, specifically her Edith Piaf Medley, becomes bogged down. At the same time her soul and delivery of the lyrics during the Edith Piaf Medley is tangible and exposed while her English songs seem more restrained. As she explains it though, it may be because her soul is more French than English. However, this is not meant to be a serious study of musical classics this is a fun rendition of the standards and listened to from this perspective it is a success.